Man Utd warned against replacing Solskjaer with Rodgers

Date published: Tuesday 9th November 2021 1:06 - Joe Williams

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Former Liverpool winger Steve McManaman has warned Man Utd against appointing Brendan Rodgers if they decide to sack Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

The Norwegian is coming under increasing pressure to turn around the Red Devils’ form in recent weeks as speculation builds as to who could replace him.

Man Utd have lost four of their last six Premier League fixtures and have only won three of their last ten matches in all competitions.

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A report claimed on Sunday that United had ‘verbally agreed’ a deal for Rodgers to take over from Solskjaer after the former Liverpool boss guided Leicester City to back-to-back fifth-placed Premier League finishes.

However. McManaman thinks that Rodgers’ connection to Liverpool would be “too much” despite having the “credentials” for the job.

“I can’t see Brendan going there,” McManaman told “I think he’s got the credentials, yes, but I think his history with Liverpool would be too much for everybody.

“I haven’t spoken to Zizou [Zidane] in a while but I don’t think he speaks English and I don’t know whether it’s a job that would appeal to him.

“He leads a lovely lifestyle in Madrid and uprooting and coming to Manchester would be a big ask for him and his family. I think managing in France, in Paris, or at Juventus would be more in tune to Zizou.”

Mauricio Pochettino was previously touted as a potential future Man Utd boss but he joined Paris Saint-Germain last season after Thomas Tuchel was sacked.

Despite that, McManaman still reckons there is a chance Pochettino would leave Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe and Neymar behind to take over at Old Trafford.

McManaman added: “It wouldn’t surprise me if Manchester United went back and got Mauricio Pochettino. Anyone who works at Paris Saint-Germain for a couple of years has normally had enough of it! And Poch would probably be the man because of his knowledge and experience of England and the Premier League.

“Brendan and Zizou are more than capable and they’ve got better CV’s than Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. But Ole knows Man Utd and it looks as if the club are going to stick with him, certainly for the foreseeable future.”


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